Brabants hinterland

What many people don’t know is that the hinterland of Brabant also has a lot of water. No large expanses of water, but many kilometres of ditches, rivers, gorges and canals. Practically all the larger towns in Brabant are located on navigable waters, and a lot of work has been done in recent years to make these towns accessible by water.

What could be better than taking beautiful trips on quiet waterways with rolling cane fields and views over the many fields and meadows, on the way to a cosy Brabant town like Breda or Tilburg. Not many will manage to cast off and set off after just one day, but still seriously enjoy an extra day in these diverse and authentic places.

The special thing about this route is that it is a real ’round trip’, which means there are hardly any waterways that you will see a second time. And at the end (or at the beginning if you were to plan the route the other way around) there is the bonus of the beautiful nature of the Biesbosch, one of the pearls of Brabant, and the Netherlands.

  • Nature
  • Towns and cities
Waterway type: 
  • Relaxing
Travel time: 
  • Week

Stop over destinations


The fortified town of Willemstad spoils its visitors with a special combination of historical and culinary hospitality with numerous nice restaurants. Particularly interesting in terms of cultural history: the Mauritshuis, the Koepelkerk, the old town hall and the fortifications surrounding the city. And challenging through the rugged landscape, for example around the Hollandsch Diep. The marina provides a perfect base for your cruise.


12 km
The village of Dinteloord is part of the municipality of Steenbergen. We spend the night in the picturesque harbour of Dinteloord, you can enjoy a delicious snack in front of the door and take a stroll in the friendly village. It is a nice stopover before returning to your home port of Willemstad or just at the beginning of your holiday in Brabant or Zeeland.


36 km
Contemporary and yet more than 750 years old. A bustling city between centuries-old monuments, the water and the terraces on the Grote Markt. Take a walk through the historic city centre or grab your bike for a surprising tour through the city. Breda is a Walhalla for shopaholics. You can enjoy a delicious meal in one of Breda's many restaurants.


11 km
You will find hospitality here in the heart of Brabant! If you have children on board, you can visit the fairytale amusement park Efteling. There are various cycling and walking opportunities in the woodland area. In the city centre there is a wide range of shops, restaurants and cafés. But Oosterhout also has a lot to offer in terms of history and culture. Oosterhout is known for its "castles", of which there are still five. In one of these castles, De Blauwe Camer, the nuns Norbertinnen von Sint-Catharinadal have lived since 1647, after the sisters were forced to leave their convent in Breda.


25 km
The Piushaven in Tilburg is a dugout harbour from the beginning of the 20th century and has been used as a museum harbour since 2002. Piushaven is the largest city harbour in Noord-Brabant! Brabant wouldn't be Brabant if we could enjoy terraces along the waterfront again. It's a nice walk in Piushaven with a guide who really knows everything about the harbour. One of the most beautiful walking areas is 'Het Groene Woud', which also includes Moerenburg, all near Piushaven.
Tilburg piushaven


32 km
Geertruidenberg is also called "Fortress City on the Biesbosch" because of its long relationship with this area. The beautifully preserved monuments, such as the moats, forts and ravelins, are proof of this. The historical market with its linden trees has many terraces with a view of monumental buildings and cultural-historical places such as the Geertruidskerk. Burgundian pleasure as only possible in Brabant!